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United Arab Emirates Travel Guide

by our United Arab Emirates expert Conrad Freethy
 
Conrad FreethyUntil recently, ‘desert’ meant a harsh, barren environment that human beings struggled to survive in. The hinterland of the UAE is still, correctly, called ‘The Empty Quarter’ with hundreds of miles of nothingness. But the coast – ah, that’s different. The sands’ oil yield has created a series of pleasure oases through the seven states of the Emirates. Comfortably tropical, in every sense, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah have led the way in building the most stunning hotels and facilities in the world. The Burj Dubai is already the tallest man-made structure ever – and still rising; three Palm artificial islands are the biggest anywhere; skylines are futuristic but with an architectural beauty that matches ancient Arab tradition. They overlook glorious beaches and watersport locations … and you can dive from a dhow of centuries old design. The UAE is fast becoming a sporting Mecca too. Golf, tennis, cricket at Sharjah, F1 motor racing, football, rugby 7’s, racing. Professional tournaments to watch, superb facilities to play. Oh, and Abu Dhabi stages a 10,000 contestant beauty contest – for camels.

United Arab Emirates Facts

National Flag: Emirati Flag
Language(s): Arabic
Currency: UAE dirham
Capital city: Abu Dhabi
Total Area: 83,600 km2
Population: 4,380,000
Dialling Code: +971
Time Zone: GMT + 4


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FCO Travel Advice for the UAE

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BBC Middle East News

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Abu Dhabi Weather Forecast

Max Min
Today
10/01/2015
Clear Skies Clear Skies 22°C
72°F
18°C
64°F
Sunday
11/01/2015
Broken Clouds Broken Clouds 22°C
72°F
19°C
66°F
Monday
12/01/2015
Broken Clouds Broken Clouds 19°C
66°F
18°C
64°F
Tuesday
13/01/2015
Broken Clouds Broken Clouds 21°C
70°F
18°C
64°F

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Middle East Airport Delays

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